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Georgia – A Short History




Edited by Nicholas Awde

Paperback  ISBN 9781898948612 16.99
 ISBN 9781898948605 45.00
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This is the first study to chronicle the history of Georgia from the first stirrings of civilization during the tenth century BC to the post-Rose Revolution society of the present day. Now positioned strategically on the great oil pipelines from the Caspian and Central Asia, in the fourth century, Georgia was one of the very first kingdoms to convert to Christianity, a faith that proved crucial to maintaining its identity through the subsequent waves of invading Arabs, Persians, and Mongols.

Despite such upheaval, unification of its many kingdoms took place during the 12th century under King David 'The Builder' and a Golden Age then followed under the long reign of Queen Tamar. By the beginning of the 19th century, however, tsarist Russia had invaded and absorbed the Georgian kingdom as part of its colonial expansion and suppressed its national church. The subsequent rise of the Communists meant a period of brief independence in 1921 before succumbing to 70 years as a republic within the USSR.

The fact that both Stalin and Beria were native sons did not spare Georgia during the devastation of the Terror years and purges during the1930s and 40s. In April 1991, Georgia was the first republic to secede, triggering the collapse of the USSR, while plunging the newly independent state into civil war. Former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shvardnadze returned to his homeland to restore a degree stability. Today, Georgians once again find themselves rebuilding their nation and cultural institutions, ever wary of Russian interference in their internal affairs while continuing to court the West in 2009, Georgia will become a member of NATO.

– 256 pages with 100 illustrations & maps

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